We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 30 Duck Restaurants

Aqua Restaurant

1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
+1 252-261-9700
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Ranked #10 of 30 Restaurants in Duck
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $31
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Route 12 North
Description: Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
Write a Review

336 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Williamsburg, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The people were so friendly and the food was DELICIOUS!!! They also had a guitarist playing in the bar - he added to the ambiance! Very romantic!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlottesville, Virginia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

They nicely accommodated our party of eight in a table to the side that reduced noise. Crab dip and crab cakes were very good; catch of the day pretty good. Pleasant, open, moderately upscale atmosphere - nice for evening out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greensboro, North Carolina
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Very nice dinner here. Delicious food. Pleasant atmosphere. Open, airy feel. Courteous service, interested in meeting special needs or desires. Extensive wine list. I shall return!

Was this review helpful? Yes
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We go to Duck about 30-40 days a year. Blue Point is the standard. Always on point ( no pun). So we always try to find a place that challenges them. Aqua come close in many respects, but it always comes up just a tad short and last Saturday was the same deal. Nice, and improved ambience. They have quieted... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This was not the first time we've been to this lovely spot on the sound in Duck. Definitely worth a repeat visit. Get a table by the window and a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the view! We ordered the crab and corn bisque with truffle oil..... Very good...loaded with crab. My husband ordered the fish and chips.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tappahannock, Virginia
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Had high hopes for a splendid evening but the very nice quality dining options for our party of four were detracted by an attempt to have live music in a space that resonated badly. The optimistic outside dining option was curtailed by the low water tidal debris and seaweed sending an unpleasant waft across the eating area - wrong timing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dunkirk, Maryland
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Wow, what a great place with very good food. Make reservations... we had a group of eight. Service was excellent, never having to ask for drink refills. For starters, we had warm crab dip -- very good...the BANGIN’ shrimp was -- Outstanding, ordered an extra order. The baked Brie was also very good. Service for our group was Excellent! Food... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Powells Point, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Wonderful dining experience! Our server, Emily, let us take our time and enjoy the sights before ordering. Wine recommendations were fabulous! Food delicious. We will be back!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Springfield, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

One of the best dinners we have ever experienced. We travel from Massachusetts to the Outer Banks every October and try new restaurants each time we are here. This time we decided on Aqua and we were completely satisfied with the service, the food, and the overall dining experience. We stopped in for drinks and to watch the gorgeous sunset... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Abingdon, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Eight of us get a house at one of the North Carolina beaches in October. We always go to at least one restaurant and this time it was Aqua. I can't say enough about the service. We were seated in a nice alcove that came close to being our own private dining room. Our server, Erin, was not only beautiful... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Aqua Restaurant also viewed


Been to Aqua Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Aqua Restaurant

Address: 1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 19 - 31
Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Aqua Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?